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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 80, September 30-October 2, 1856

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Identifier: DX03688641

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 80, September 30-October 2, 1856

Description: Mentions Fanny Fern's and Charles Welden's comments about Walt Whitman's new book.


know of his [Sol Eytinge's] recent escapade in Boston. (Alf [Waud] knew of it before my writing, from his brother [William Waud].)


1. Wednesday. Drawing on mahogany — poster for [William] Levison. Took it down to office by 1. Got paid up for cuts $19.50/100. Up town per omnibus with Levison & [Jesse] Haney. Drawing all the afternoon [words crossed out] Round to Jewell's (Mrs [Celina Jewell]) in the evening, having a letter from "Mrs Hill [Mary Brainard]" to deliver. Took a night ramble afterwards. A wintry night, and Broadway all-alive with a [Millard] Fillmore procession of ostensible cartmen — from whence it appeared that a great many carts, on some hoarse men, and a large number of boys are in favor of Fillmore's re-elevation to the Presidential chair. Met [Charles] Welden farther on, closely shaved, as has been his custom of late, and rather drunk. He began to talk of Walt Whitman and "that nasty, beastly w___e house book of his," and pronounced him deserving of being whipped on his bare back "till the blood ran down!"

Back to my cold bed by 11 1/2.

2. Tuesday. Drawing till 4 P.M. Then to Brooklyn and [James] Parton's. A pleasant talking evening with them. Both Fanny [Fern] and her husband have been sick, she being still under medical treatment, but for no great matter, I think. She can't stand certain passages in Walt's new volume — albeit she praised the former one highly. I

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-09-30

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Books and reading


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